The Chronicles of Prydain Boxed Set

The Chronicles of Prydain Boxed Set

by Lloyd Alexander


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Millions of young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his lively companions as they journey through the magical land of Prydain. First published more than thirty years ago and translated into twenty different languages, Lloyd Alexander's beloved series has become the standard of excellence in fantasy literature for children. Among their many accolades, the award-winning Chronicles of Prydain count a Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor, and more than two million copies in print.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250000934
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Series: Chronicles of Prydain Series
Sales rank: 37,670
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.00(h) x 3.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) was the author of more than forty books for children and adults, including the beloved children's fantasy series, the Chronicles of Prydain, one of the most widely read series in the history of fantasy and the inspiration for the animated Disney film, The Black Cauldron. His books have won numerous awards, including the Newbery Medal, the Newbery Honor, and the National Book Award for Juvenile Literature.

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The Chronicles of Prydain Boxed Set 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Wheezercat More than 1 year ago
This series was recommended to me by a dear friend a couple years ago. I just started reading it a couple days ago, and I can't put it down. If you like stories in the same genre of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, you'll love this series.
Moirla More than 1 year ago
Do not judge this series based on the Disney movie: the movie was just plain terrible, for one; this story is also darker and bloodier than anything Disney has had the cajones to animate so far. Not gratuitous, mind you, but it would be like cracking open a collection of the Brothers Grimm and expecting to read the Disneyfied stories. I cut my fantasy eyeteeth on this series when I was ten and, 21 years later, it still holds a very special place in my heart. Some young readers may prefer to hold off on this series for another couple years, depending on their maturity. Parents, if you are worried about whether or not your kids are ready for epic battles between good and evil, I suggest treating yourself and giving this series a read. Worst case scenario, you put the books on a shelf for a little while to share at a later date. I can't think of another series off the top of my head that I would better enjoy talking with the younger generations about.
LindaLH More than 1 year ago
I have a 10 year old son who doesn't enjoy reading. Basically does it because he has to for school so I had a difficult time finding something that interested him. These adventure/fantasy books are great! After he read the first book he actually asked if he could get the others in the series!! Just what a mom wants to hear!!
AshRyan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Finally, books I remember enjoying as a kid that still stand up to re-reading as an adult!They are sometimes described as coming-of-age stories, and that is true in the best sense of the term. Alexander is deeply concerned with growing up, and he examines many of its central, deepest, and most profound aspects, such as discovering one's personal identity, and responsibility. Each book in the series looks at these themes in different ways and builds on them a little more. My favorite in the series, Taran Wanderer (which I had expected to enjoy the least), deals with these issues so simply and directly that it acquires an almost allegorical quality. He teaches many important life lessons that are every bit as relevant to us grown-ups as to young adolescents just beginning to struggle with these issues. And he does so through engaging stories and a memorable cast of characters. From now on, whenever I find myself in a situation that tests my courage or integrity, all I have to do is think to myself, "A Fflam never falters!"Some people like to complain about the supposed similarities between these books and those of Tolkein, but apart from some basic structural features stemming from their common mythological roots, there really isn't a lot of similarity in the details. Even in the most obviously similar part---the ending---what is really interesting is how it differs. I can't say much without giving it away, but let's just say that Alexander, to his credit, ultimately says almost the exact opposite of Tolkein. No, Alexander's fantasy world isn't as complex and well-developed as Tolkein's, but these books were written for a younger audience, and let's face it, nobody can stand up to a comparison with Tolkein as far as that goes. I think if people, of whatever age, take these books on their own terms, they will find them to be a rewarding experience.
AprilFollies on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If there is a list of "must-read juvenile fantasy novels", this series should be near the top, right up with Tolkein's "The Hobbit", LeGuin's Earthsea Trilogy, and Rowling's Harry Potter books. Based on Welsh mythology, the books have a rich background to work with, and the author takes full advantage of that. Characters may be whimsical, grotesque, comic, or sympathetic, but they are all vivid and original. The plots follow familiar fairy-tale paths, but in unique directions. The young hero is indeed an orphan raised on a pig farm, but in his adventures, rather than see him gain a collection of magical items, we seem him gaining lessons in responsibility, difficult choices, and coming to terms with oneself. The hero's journey IS the coming of age story, each reflecting the other (in one case, literally). The author doesn't go for easy feel-good magical solutions; if anything, magic appears to make everyone's life more difficult, because of those who would use it irresponsibly.I would wholeheartedly recommend this series to parents of any children old enough to understand a few long words... and I wouldn't mind re-reading the series myself, though long past my own childhood.
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My favorite series
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This is an exceptional series of books. Fans of Harry Potter will love the adventures of Taran adn his friends!
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